Paint Brushes & Trays

(Last Updated: 8/23/2018)

‚ÄčOil-Based Paint and Stain Supplies: Prevent fires by properly storing and disposing of painting supplies used with oil-based paints and stains. Follow these instructions.

Latex Paint Supplies: Paint brushes, trays, and clean-up materials used with latex paint are not hazardous and are not flammable. Simply allow these items to dry and place them in your garbage. They are not accepted at the Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.


Clean painting supplies used with latex paint so they can be reused. Remove as much paint as you can and wash the item in small amount of warm, soapy water. Rinse brush in clean water. Let the wash water settle overnight, then pour the water into the sewer system while saving the solid particles on the bottom. Let the solids dry or mix with kitty litter or sand. Dispose solids as garbage.

If you're on a septic system, use inexpensive foam roller covers you don't have to wash. 


Reduce paint waste by storing your brushes well during short painting breaks. Wrap brushes or rollers with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or plastic bags and put them in a refrigerator to prevent drying.